8 easy recipes to try this Fourth of July for your patriotic cookout at Dublin Park apartments

Independence Day is right around the corner – which means fireworks, gatherings with loved ones, and, of course, BBQing and grilling. When you live at our Dublin apartments, you’ll absolutely love having access to our gas grills, patio, and gazebo picnic areas – they’re ideal for that 4th of July celebration with your friends and family. Not sure what to put on your menu? We’ve got you covered – here are some deliciously easy recipes you’ve got to try for your patriotic cookout at Dublin Park.


The Perfect Burger

Serves: 8

Time: Prep: 2 hours Cook: Less than 15 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Cheese
  • Condiments
  • Seasonings
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.

Overview: It’s all about the seasoning when it comes to making this “Perfect Burger.” You’ll be mixing up the seasoning with the ground beef before letting the meat rest and soak in the flavors for about two hours before grilling. Find the “perfect seasoning” mixture and the full recipe here.


Chicken Kabobs

Serves: 4 (8 kabobs)

Time: Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 20 minutes Total: 1 hour with marinade

Basic Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Veggies (squash, zucchini, onion, etc.)
  • Seasonings
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar

Overview: Cut the pieces of chicken into kabob-size pieces and marinate with herbs, seasonings, honey, vinegar, and oil. After letting the chicken marinate, and when you’re ready to grill, you’ll skewer the chicken and the vegetables onto skewer sticks. Grill for 10-15 minutes while turning every few minutes. Find all the details you need for the recipe here.


Baked Mini Party Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Glaze

Serves: 24 mini sandwiches

Time: 40 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Mini rolls
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Deli ham
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Worcestershire
  • Dijon
  • Poppy seeds

Overview: Preheat oven. Slice your rolls in half and layer one side with ham and the other with cheese – combine to make sandwiches and place in baking pan. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan and combine with other glaze ingredients, turn down heat and let thicken. Pour glaze over sandwiches and bake for 20 minutes. Find the full, mouthwatering recipe here.


The Best Mac n’ Cheese

Serves: 6

Time: Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 28 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Macaroni
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cream
  • Mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • Seasonings

Overview: Cook macaroni according to package instructions and drain. Melt butter in a pot and whisk in flour. Stir in the cream and milk, then season. Finally, add the cheese and pour the mixture over the pasta in a baking dish. Layer with more cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes. You can find all of the details here.


Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Serves: 10-12

Time: 20 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Persian cucumbers
  • Seedless watermelon
  • Mint
  • White vinegar
  • Feta
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pistachios

Overview: Combine the cucumber, melon, mint, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, then toss well. Spoon onto a platter then sprinkle with feta, pistachios, and more mint. For measurements and details, find the full recipe here.


Easy Strawberry Ice Box Cake

Serves: 16

Time: Prep: 20 minutes Chill: 4 hours

Basic Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • Milk
  • Vanilla instant pudding
  • Cream cheese
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberries and blueberries

Overview: Mix cream cheese with instant pudding then add in the milk and whisk until smooth. Fold whipped cream into this pudding mixture. Layer a baking dish with this creamy mixture then top with a layer of graham crackers. Add another layer of the cream mixture, followed by a layer of berries. Repeat two more times and finish with berry topping. Chill for at least 4 hours and enjoy. Find the full recipe here.


Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Treats

Serves: 16

Time: 45 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Crispy rice cereal
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • Red and blue sprinkles

Overview: This recipe has simple ingredients but is always a party favorite. There are some details of the recipe that need to be followed in order to make them come out perfect. You can find all the details you need here.


Fruit Tart Flag

Serves: 48 tarts

Time: 20 minutes

Basic Ingredients

  • Premade tart shells
  • Marscapone cheese
  • Sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberries and blueberries

Overview: Mix mascarpone cheese and sugar with a blender until smooth, then fold in whipped cream. Spoon the mascarpone cream into the premade tart shells. Arrange on a tray and top with blueberries and strawberry slices to create stars and stripes. Find the full recipe here.


Your cookout at our Dublin apartments is sure to be a hit when you have all of these yummy Fourth of July-themed dishes on display. Stop by Dublin Park today to tour our gorgeous property.

Back to Blog